Experience Rolla Presbyterian Manor

Rolla Presbyterian Manor occupies eight beautifully landscaped acres at the edge of Ber Juan Park in the east-central part of the city. As a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, Presbyterian Manor offers the flexibility to meet our residents’ needs as they evolve.

Our continuum of care encompasses independent living, assisted living, memory care/Alzheimer’s care, short-term rehabilitation, health care with skilled nursing, and respite care for all levels.

Accommodations range from one-bedroom apartments to one-and-two-bedroom cottages with carports. Residents enjoy an array of amenities including restaurant-style dining, beauty salon, library, multi-purpose/community room and “pet friendly” accommodations for independent living residents.

Our location adjacent to Ber Juan Park affords residents easy access to nearly 85 acres of open grassland, walking trails, picnic shelters, and top of the line recreational and meeting facilities including the Holloway House senior center.

Resident council

Our residents play a role in shaping the lifestyle at Rolla Presbyterian Manor. They are represented by the elected members of our resident council. Its purpose is to provide a means for all residents to share ideas, concerns and suggestions with administration and department directors. The council underscores the residents’ responsibility for their own well-being and upholds resident rights.

Members of our resident council are:

  • Betty Hodge, Resident Council President
  • Mary Ellen Bailey, Vice-President
  • Leland Womack, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Elizabeth Lorey, reserve Officer

Since its founding in 1949, our parent company, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, has grown to become one of the nation’s top 26th largest non-profit senior living organizations serving more than 2,500 residents in 17 Missouri and Kansas communities.


In the early 1970s, members of the First Presbyterian Church’s XYZ Club discussed the idea of creating a retirement community in Rolla. After research confirmed the need, the church authorized formation of a committee under the chairmanship of Hugh R. Berry, board member of Presbyterian Homes of America, Inc. A fundraising drive was launched in 1972, chaired by Edward W. Sowers.

On January 1, 1974, Rolla Presbyterian Manor opened with 16 independent living cottages and a 38-room assisted living community. The first resident, Grace Garrison, moved in the next day.

In the mid 1980s, with the goal of offering residents a continuum of care, the Manor community undertook a major expansion to add skilled nursing to its list of services. Groundbreaking was held on December 11, 1983, and approximately one year later, in January 1985, the 30-bed health care center opened featuring both private and semi-private rooms.

Over the years as the demand for senior living alternatives has increased, so have the services and quality of life at Rolla Presbyterian Manor. A $1 million capital improvements project was completed in February 2011, increasing the size of the community by approximately 20 percent, and renovating more than 2,000 square feet of existing space. Among the additions were a new multi-purpose community room, new activity center, new lobby, four new assisted living rooms, expanded laundry room, and a memory care neighborhood which opened in June 2011, adding another level of care to Presbyterian Manor’s offerings.